Globally, more than 125 million children under five years of age live in households
without access to an improved drinking-water source.

Every one of these children is a unique individual whose rights are infringed and whose health is threatened from birth by the lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. (Unicef)
I WAS THIRSTY...” The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46) and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They are charitable actions by which we help our neighbours in their physical needs. They are a response to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life
On weekend of 9th and 10th April 2016 we launched our water appeal when Sister Anna spoke about her work at all masses in the parish. As a parish community over the next year, we are pledging our support to Sister Anna in this outreach through various fundraising activities.

OUR AIM IS TO COMPLETE 5 NEW WELLS IN ONE YEAR

The cost of each is approximately £3500.

Parish Fundraising Response
By June 12th the generosity of our parish community was such that we were able to finance work on the first two pumps.
The initial envelope donations and events such as the Stockholm marathon, Ballyliffin 10K, house dinners, coffee mornings, Bric a Brac sale, Knock Pilgrimage bus run draw and cake sales had raised over £10,000.
Donations were handed on to Sister Anna for her upcoming visit on
June 27th to western Kenya for a period of 21 days
2 of our 5 projects have been completed
Sr.Anna reporting - to my great surprise and joy I am happy to share with you that we were able to have two boreholes drilled and two hand pumps assembled.
The two selected areas are very distinct ---  one pump was installed at Mufutu Primary School and Community - ( 500 people.) Milo, Webuye, Western Kenya.

Your second pump was at Welemba Community, Milo Sub- Location, Bungoma County.  ( 300 households ) This was a local community with a small church attached. These locations were within the Webuye area but not at all close to each other. All in Western Kenya. A very needy Province. Water a big problem all round.

The school pump was dedicated to St. Columb. and the community pump was dedicated to St. Oliver Plunkett.
Thank You - from the people of Welemba community.

Before the arrival of clean water pump our women from 300 households used to walk a distance of about three kilometres to fetch water, carrying a 20L can on their heads and walking uphill from the spring.  Besides, our springs are contaminated with bacteria since the water gets mixed with runoff rain water that washed all kinds of dirt uphill and deposit it into our spring. As a result we regularly suffered from water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid.
With the arrival of your gift all these diseases will now be history. We will live healthy lives. Our women will save time that was used to fetch water and engage in other economic activities thus improving our livelihood. We realize that this is a gift from God. May God richly bless you. 
Sincerely yours,   Eliud N. Kolonyi   Village Elder

Thank you -  from the people of the Mufutu Community

Before Sr Anna came to us we as a community were fetching water from a spring about 10 kilometers away.  People carried water on their heads and walked very long distances. The water that would be fetched from the spring was always contaminated  Many families have been infected with water borne diseases such as diarrhoea and typhoid.
The water pump is surely God’d gift to us brought by you Sister Anna.  You have touched the lives of about 500 families in this area including school children. Your gift has made a big difference in our community.
We wish to put Sr anna and the good people of Glendermott and Strathfoyle parishes in our prayers every day.
Yours sincerely on behalf of our school and community. Knight Kunyu
I am so touched and want you all to know you are responding to a basic need so vital for so many. The Gospel has come alive in your Parish, action speaking louder than words. For me I went away on a high, thanking God for His goodness in your generosity to the real poor. I am a happy person in myself, very positive always but this gesture puts the icing on the cake for me.  No offer can be greater than this --  " Clean Drinking Water from a hand pump". May Our Good Shepherd God Bless each of you and your parishioners  -- Sr Anna April 11th

Pump dedicated to St Columb
Completed  3rd July 2016
Pump dedicated to St OliverPlunkett
Completed  15th July 2016

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I WAS THIRSTY...” The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 25:31-46) and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.

On weekend of 9th and 10th April 2016 we launched our water appeal We will be supporting Sister Anna in this life saving work over the next 12 months.
OUR AIM IS TO COMPLETE 5 NEW WELLS IN
12 MONTHS
Pump dedicated to St Columb
Completed 3rd July 2016
Pump dedicated to St Oliver Plunkett
Completed 15th July 2016
Parish Fundraising Response
By June 12th the generosity of our parish community was such that £10,000 had been raised. We were able to finance work on the first of our two hand pumps.
Sr.Anna reporting - to my great surprise and joy I am happy to share with you that we were able to have two boreholes drilled and two hand pumps assembled.
The two selected areas are very distinct ---  one pump was installed at Mufutu Primary School and Community - ( 500 house holds) Milo, Webuye, Western Kenya.

Your second pump was at Welemba Community, Milo Sub- Location, Bungoma County.  ( 300 households ) This was a local community with a small church attached.
The school pump was dedicated to St. Columb. and the community pump was dedicated to St. Oliver Plunkett.